Floral Watercolor Thank You Card - Simon's August Card Kit

For today's card I used the stamp set in Simon Says Stamp's August card kit and my Arteza Real Brush Pens.

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I started with a piece of Canson watercolor paper cut to 6x6. I used three of the flower stamps from the stamp set to stamp all around the border of the watercolor paper. I was careful to only stamp the flower portion of the images, not the vases and the pots. I stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images in a white embossing powder.

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Next I took out my Arteza markers. I scribbled the colors Currant Red, Honey, and Apricot onto a palette to paint with. Using a large watercolor brush I painted these colors onto the areas with the embossing creating a very organic, "messy" look along the border. I used a lot of water so that this paint would be very light because this paint was going to serve as and under-painting. I did one layer and let that dry and then did a second layer.

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Next I came in with the same colors that I used on the background and I colored in my flowers. This time instead of using a palette and a brush I just used the markers directly on the paper. I also took out the colors Olive Green and Seaweed Green for the leaves and stems and the color Amethyst Purple for the little twigs. I used the purple to add some dots to the background as well.

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Using the "Thank You" stamp from the stamp set I created my sentiment. I stamped this in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink onto a piece of 2.75x2.75 white cardstock. I adhered this sentiment square onto a piece of 3.25x3.25 vellum. Next I took a piece of 5.75x5.75 light gray card stock and glued it to my 6x6 card base. I popped up my watercolor piece to that with foam tape. Then I popped up my sentiment square to the watercolor one. I added some dashed lines to the white sentiment square with a gold paint pen. Finally I used my white gel pen to add dashed lines to the border of the vellum and also added some dots to the watercolor background.

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